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DJ Envy is receiving backlash this week due to his thoughts on the police shooting death of 16 year old Ma’Khia Bryant. Envy expressed he believed the shooting was justified due to Bryant’s actions. He made these statements during his interview with Dr. Umar Johnson on The Breakfast Club; leading to a full blown debate.
About 40 minutes into Monday’s appearance, the topic of the recent police killing of 16-year-old Black girl Ma’Khia Bryant was broached. Earlier this month, Bryant was fatally shot by a cop in Columbus, Ohio named Nicholas Reardon. The killing inspired protests, with many pointing out the inherent hypocrisy of the department’s claims of such force being necessary, despite the numerous examples of white people being calmly taken into custody after committing heinous acts of violence.
Previously, the Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy was slammed for his police-favoring comments on the Bryant shooting, with particular emphasis placed on a clip in which he and fellow host Charlamagne tha God argued over the officer’s use of deadly force.
“Every case is different, and in this case, if I pull up to a scene and see a girl chasing another girl [and] about to stab a girl, my job as a police officer is to make sure that girl doesn’t get killed,” Envy said at the time. “And the law allows me to stop that killing or that stabbing by any means necessary. That’s what the law allows me to do, on both sides.”
On Monday, Envy responded to Johnson’s assessment of the shooting by reiterating the same stance.
“I’m not gon’ lie, I must be a c**n because I don’t agree with you on this one,” Envy said. A few moments later, Envy again defended the officer.
“This situation, my only thing is this, and you’re talking to somebody whose father is a retired cop, alright?” Envy said. “Now, when that cop pulled up, he doesn’t know friend or foe. He doesn’t know who called the police.”
Envy went on to say “that cop protected that young girl” and expressed support for the officer’s decision to use extreme force.
Envy’s latest comments on the killing of Ma’Khia Bryant have also been met with outrage.
Earlier this month, activists called for a federal probe into Columbus police. Notably, in 1998 a DOJ investigation found a pattern of abuse and false arrests among police in the region.
Of course social media had thoughts.
We getting DJ Envy outta here? pic.twitter.com/hxdMm1qgV7— Who’s Who (@Yimmz) April 26, 2021
DJ envy annoying tf outta me for the past few days. You CANNOT justify that officer killing that girl. Wtf https://t.co/ebs9axskfS— Mommianax2 (@Tee_Moneeeyy) April 27, 2021
Every time a police shooting happens dj envy corny ass always gotta remind everybody that his dad was a cop— 👽 (@Rrrannddom) April 26, 2021
Desus & Mero been knew about that clown DJ Envy pic.twitter.com/Vtw6X0CGO4— madnxlvl (@madagoknee) April 26, 2021
Every time DJ Envy name pop up. this what i think of… pic.twitter.com/0ozJjHCiDg— Writer. (@BiancaXaviera_) April 26, 2021
But yeah DJ envy supported the death of a teen girl and that needs to be the end of his career— Conjure Man From The East (@move_over) April 27, 2021
This is the guy who blackballed Nicki from several radio stations btw https://t.co/dkSoiIqrvi— HoIIand (fan)💛🦉 (@YouDaBaddess) April 27, 2021